Anthropology | Dental Anthropology
B528 | 0404 | Cook


This course is meant for graduate students with a strong interest in
dental anthropology and for undergraduates who want to specialize in this
topic.  We will learn the descriptive and functional morphology of primate
dentitions, stressing the nomenclature of crown features.  Topics in human
dentition will include enamel microstructure, development, wear,
occlusion, odontometrics, discrete variability, and pathology.   We will
practice several methods, including drawing, formal description,
replication, microscopy, metrics, and radiography.

Each student will carry out a research project on some aspect of
dental anthropology.   We will discuss these informally as they develop
during the semester.  Written versions are due by the last day of exam
week.  They must be prepared in the style of an appropriate journal, for
example Science in Archaeology or AJPA.  We will have a seminar session of
15 minute summaries of your research in our last class session.   Grades
are based on this paper (50%) and weekly assignments and exercises (50%).

TEXT: Hillson, Dental Anthropology (better on paleoanthropology) or Teeth
(better comparative anatomy)